Finely Spun Prominence Eruption
This eruptive prominence lifted off from the Sun (Sept. 15, 2010) and shows off the strands of plasma in exquisite detail. SDO caught the action in extreme ultraviolet light. Prominences are cooler clouds of gases suspended above the Sun by often unstable magnetic forces. Their eruptions are fairly common, but this one was larger and clearer to see than most.
Identifier 487369main_week26-prom-erupt-origFilename 487369main_week26-prom-erupt-orig_full.jpgCreator NASADate 2010-10-08Mediatype imageRights Public DomainSource http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/487369main_week26-prom-erupt-orig_full.jpgYear 2010Publicdate 2010-12-23 00:37:06Addeddate 2010-12-23 00:37:06